[quote="whatevergirl, post:2, topic:219333"]
Thank you for this thread.
Perhaps I can learn from you...how did you handle difficult times?
Wow, that may take a book of responses. Well we continue to manage through them. I guess here would be a short list of what not to do, and then what has worked for me. Be sure that the what didn't work was an education process, sometimes taking years (I feel my wife smiling behind me;-)
What didn't work:
*]Blaming God for my misfortunes
*]Being obstinate ... particularly with my wife
*]Not recognizing good times when they were upon me and who made this possible
*]Believing I was in control of my life
*]Not helping others through charitable acts
There is more, but we only have some much time don't we. Anyway getting through the tough times I have found the following works very well.
*]Offering it all up to God no matter how hard the issue
*]Trusting in God to help you survive through it
*]Daily and nightly prayer
*]Do some act of charity .. in my case a prison ministry which has worked wonders for me and helped a few inmates too
*]Understanding what a gift from God my wife is and how blessed I have been to spend so much time with her
*]Work together towards common goals. Try and put reasonable expectations on them, and God may surprise you
*]Trying to understand that sometimes these challenges are designed by God to Change us
*]Make time to do something you like ... Motorcycling, writing, a retreat or 2 .... whatever floats your boat
The following poem is about the journey with him ....